|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Lecture||18 Hours. (18 x 1 hour)|
|Seminars / Tutorials||6 Hours. (6 x 1 hour)|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Seminar Presentation||10%|
|Semester Assessment||2,500 word essay||40%|
|Semester Exam||2 Hours Exam||50%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
-Have a detailed and critical awareness of contemporary politics and policies within the European Union and the union's importance to the states of Europe.
-Identify and apply appropriate concepts and theories to enable them to critically analyse the complexities of European integration.
-Recognise the major debates and issues concerning the exercise of power and authority within and between constituent levels of government in Europe.
-Demonstrate, through written work and in seminar discussions, an awareness and understanding of different national and European level policies and interests.
-Effectively deploy skills of: identification and location of appropriate sources; independent study; writing (essays and examinations); IT skills and time-management.
This module provides the foundation for a comprehensive analysis and understanding of the concepts and dynamics of the European Union (EU). It examines the key institutions and state actors in European integration and the policies and issues that are central to the future of Europe.
Setting the Scene
1. Introduction to the module: What is Europe and why study the EU?
2. The Historical Legacy
3. Theories of European Integration
4. Theories of European Governance
5. The Institutions of the EU: The European Parliament
6. The Institutions of the EU: The European Commission and Executive Governance
7. The Institutions of the EU: The Councils
8. EU Law and the Courts:
9. Legitimacy & Democracy
10. Do we Need a Contitution?
Policies and Issues
11. Policies and Processes
12. Economic and Monetary Union
13. Enlarging the EU
14. European Foreign Policies and the EU's 'new' Neighbourhood
15. EU Justice and Home Affairs Policies: Immigration, International Crime and Terrorism
16. Regions in the EU
17. European Security & Defence Policy
18. Conclusion and Exam Briefing
1. History or Theory? Understanding the EU
2. Where Does Power Lie: Commission, Council or Parliament?
3. Reform or Reject? The EU after Constitutional Failure
4. Enlargement: Where Does/Should Europe End?
5. European Foreign Policy: How Effective is It?
6. Justice & Home Affairs: Ensuring Internal Security or Constructing a 'Fortress Europe'?
The module aims to provide the knowledge for students to examine the history, concepts, institutions and policies of the EU, and thereby aim to give students a thorough grounding in the major political issues and problems the EU faces. This will enable students to critically analyse the role of the EU in national, regional and international politics.
10 ECTS credits
Reading ListGeneral Text
(2007.) European Union politics /[edited by] Michelle Cini. 2nd ed. Oxford University Press Primo search Bache, Ian. (2006.) Politics in the European Union /Ian Bache, Stephen George. 2nd ed. Oxford University Press Primo search Nugent, Neill. (2006.) The government and politics of the European Union /Neill Nugent. 6th ed. Palgrave Macmillan Primo search
This module is at CQFW Level 6